Workshops

WEEKEND WORKSHOPS, PRESENTATIONS & TRAVEL

 

THE SHAMANIC JOURNEY PROCESS

Searching for a way that will help you to feel more confident and connected? This joyful workshop will introduce you to the visionary ways of the shaman! Shamanic journeying is a powerful skill used by our earliest ancestors to access wisdom beyond the range of ordinary senses. This most ancient of practices offers a way to solve today’s challenges and will have you feeling more fulfilled, self-assured and lively! You will also learn how to use this method to effectively gain guidance, insight and healing for yourself and others. Journeying to the shamanic Upper, Middle and Lower Worlds will be covered as well as other classic shamanic experiences. This workshop is an excellent way to either begin or renew a conscious relationship with Spirit!

No prerequisite. Shamanic Journey Process is an introductory workshop. The ability to journey is necessary for most of the Spirit Passages workshops.

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NEW! 2017 SACRED SHAMANISTIC PILGRAMAGE TO NEPAL HIMALAYAS WITH BHOLA BANSTOLA

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 THRU SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2017

Unlike other “shamanic tours” to Nepal, our program is fully guided by 27th generation, Nepalese jhankri, Bhola Banstola, who is fluent in several languages as well as English. Besides being a hereditary shamanic healer, Bhola is an experienced guide and shamanic teacher.

During this remarkable immersive tour, you will be meeting shamans of different ethnic backgrounds (both men and women) in their healing spaces. This trip is focused on sharing/teaching multi-ethnic, multi-cultural rich shamanistic healing traditions of Nepal-Himalayas. During your sojourn in Nepal you will have the opportunities to learn in-depth shamanistic healing practices in a beautiful, indoor conference hall that was especially created for this purpose, outdoors in the sacred places and temple complex and out in Nature. You will be visiting shamans who transmit long lineages of wisdom in their homes for consultations, divinations and healing. The program is designed in such a way that you will have four to five days full-immersion in indoor experiential classes with healing rituals and ceremonies; visits to sacred places to offer prayers and ceremonies; power places and temples; medieval palaces, squares, and much more.

Participants will be trekking to villages and a sacred mountain up to the altitude of 3000-3300 meters. We will be walking through the villages and forests for two days with a walking duration of 6-8 hours. During these days we will either be sleeping in our own tents or in Home Stays with families. All the meals will be cooked by our expert chefs and your bags and everyday necessities will be carried by porters.

This trip coincides with Dashain, a national nine-day festival in Nepal dedicated to Goddess Durga and her nine most powerful emanations. During that time, we will be working on myths, rituals, and healing aspects associated with her feminine power. We will participate with locals in visiting temples and power places /shakti pithas to make offerings and receive blessings.

While in Kathmandu we will be visiting three or four different shamans from different backgrounds and lineages. We will be visiting all the three cities of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan, temples dedicated to different deities, Pharping, Chobar, Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath ”Monkey temple,” Boudhanilakantha/Reclining Vishnu Temple, and other sacred places which are specifically connected with healing.

In Kathmandu we will be using Apsara Boutique Hotel, a brand new property with garden restaurant and conference-retreat facilities.

We prefer to work with small groups so that each participant has ample time to discuss and share experiences with the teachers and shamans and the group.

Here is an article from Sacred Hoop describing the shorter 2012 trip to give you the flavor of Kathmandu: “Lotus Lakes and Mountain Gods” Sacred Hoop, 79.”

September 17th- September 30th – EXTENDED Shamanic Immersion Tour – $2,500 per person double occupancy (not including round-trip airfare)

TOUR COST INCLUDES:
-full board trekking (tents, mattresses, meals, porters, entrance fees and trekking permits included)
-all entrance fees to temples, palaces, squares, monuments as indicated in the itinerary
-all transportations by private vehicles from the time of arrival to the time of departures unless you have a specific place to visit
-most of the meals are included
-facilitations and interpretations during visits to shamans
-all necessary materials during the classes and conferences
-all the items and materials needed for ceremonies and rituals
-a special bag with Nepali Shamanistic healing sacred objects
Healings may be arranged for a small additional fee.YOUR ROUND TRIP AIRFARE IS NOT INCLUDED.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE FEE:
-your international flight ticket to and from Kathmandu from your home country
-health, baggage and trip cancellation insurance
-some meals
-drinks, laundry services and expenses of personal character
-rescue services in case of natural calamities or ill-health during trekking
–tips, gratuities, and perks
-all that is not mentioned under the clause ‘what is included’

OPTIONAL:
-mountain flight to see the Eastern Himalayas including Mt Everest for 1 hour
-private healing sessions and consultations with shamans besides the sessions in the itinerary
-shopping
-donations
-if you like to extend your stay for trekking or rafting or visit to neighboring Tibet or Bhutan or India, we can make all necessary arrangements

 REGISTER NOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT!
Limited to only 20 participants.

PAYMENT INFORMATION:
The first payment by the time of registration and confirmation.
The 2nd payment by the 1st of May
The final payment in person in Kathmandu on arrival.

NOTES:
-There can be variations in the program due to the availability of shamans in the field or any kind of unavoidable circumstances. We need your collaboration!
-If participants have any physical, mental or any kind of health issues, please indicate while enrolling.
-If you have any food issues, or allergies, please let us know in advance.
-This program is open to anyone who is willing and open for the experience.

Your host, Bhola Banstola is a traditional Nepali shaman or jhankri. With his wife Mimi, he has been organizing this type of sacred trip to Nepal for over twenty years. Their work is not only focused on shamans of Nepal but also about culture, tradition, folk religion, art, history, myths, historical sites and healing stories. Along with their Nepal journeys, they have guided groups for trekking in the Himalayas, sacred pilgrimages to Mt Kailash and Tibet, different parts of India, Mongolia, Myanmar, Thailand, Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. For more information about Bhola and his Nepali shamanic traditions, please read: http://www.nepalese.it/sites/default/files/BHOLA_0.pdf

Any questions are welcome!
Please send an e-mail for further details about the trip to:
bhumi1008@outlook.com (Bhola)
passages@maine.rr.com (Evelyn Rysdyk – English-speaking trip organizer)

Whether registering online or by mail, please fill out this registration form NepalTripReservationForm then please:
email it to passages@maine.rr.com
OR
Fax to 207-847-3113 (USA)
OR
Snail mail (post) it to: Spirit Passages, PO Box 426, Yarmouth Maine 04096 USA

Book your flights early as this is PEAK SEASON in Nepal!

Recommended prerequisite:  Working Knowledge of the Shamanic Journey Process.

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SPIRIT PASSAGES WEEKEND WORKSHOPS

(Northern Europan shamanism programs are listed BELOW these workshops.)


NEW! RESTORING EARTHLY HARMONY SHAMANIC RETREAT

(Residential, weekend intensive)
This all-inclusive, residential retreat weekend will provide you with opportunities to experience rituals of personal healing, perform Earth-restoring rituals from Nepal and other traditions, enjoy a deeper immersion into earth-honoring shamanic work, and perform an optional, evening of sitting out in a nature communion/quest. This retreat will be held on the safe and sacred lakeside land in Maine that is the site of our long-term trainings.(Thursday Supper – Sunday 4pm)

All inclusive, tuition, meals and shared room: $679.

Prerequisite: Working Knowledge of the Shamanic Journey Process.
 

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NEW! SHAMANIC RITUAL: TRANSFORMING REALITY

(One day program)
Ritual involves the entire being. As such, it has always been a powerful tool used by shamans to transform the self, and the world around us. In this program, we will look at how ritual works, how to create powerful rituals, how rituals cooperate with the continuous creative action of the cosmos, and how you can use ritual to change how you think and feel.

During our time together you will experience:
• How ritual and ceremony can be used to reprogram your outmoded or counterproductive beliefs
• How to use ritual to bridge the intangible nature of the spirit and the physical world
• How simple shamanic offering ceremonies can support actualizing transformation

This experiential one-day workshop is designed to support you to work the threads of reality to transform yourself and the world around you.

Prerequisite: Working Knowledge of the Shamanic Journey Process.
 

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NEW! SHAMANIC ACTIVISM

For as long as time remembers, shamans have worked to negotiate life-giving harmony in the world.
They have always taken concrete actions to make their surroundings better and safer for all beings. Indeed, shamanic work is the work of transformation. While our living situations have changed a great deal over the millennia, the shaman’s role remains the same. However, now we find ourselves at a juncture when achieving balance, harmony and a restoration of our collective soul has never been more critical or urgent.

This experiential workshop is designed to support you to be a force for healing and balance in your own life as you harness your power to take actions to preserve the health and wellbeing of our collective soul. We will also focus on how you can maintain your mental and emotional strength during these stressful times.

Prerequisite: Working Knowledge of the Shamanic Journey Process.
 

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THE CREATIVE SPIRIT

Your intrinsic human creativity allows you to innovate fresh ideas, solve problems and generate new possibilities. You don’t have to be a painter, writer or musician to be creative—you came into this life with that as part of your “original software!”

This experiential workshop is designed to unlock the fullness of your dormant potential that may have been suppressed or diminished over the course of your life–and also to support those who already consider themselves to be “creative” to unleash more of that remarkable power!

Through journeywork, rituals and exercises, you will learn how to turn on your creative juices!

Prerequisite:  Working Knowledge of the Shamanic Journey Process.
 
(Special note: Evelyn offers ongoing individual sessions to mentor you through your creative projects. She has over 40 years experience working as an artist and near 20 years of that time working with authors of both fiction and non-fiction. Those sessions may be booked by calling our appointment line: 207-714-0111.)

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“[This workshop] was beyond useful to life-changing! I’ve already started using what I’ve learned.” -Diane, Portland, Maine.

“This is a fantastic workshop!! Do it again! The message about decoupling the process of creativity/inspiration from the product is HUGE!!” -Joanna, Westbrook, Maine.

“This [workshop] would be great as a longer residential program!” -Anonymous.


NEW! SPIRITUAL PROTECTION

As you grow as a spiritual being, you become a bright space in the world. Much like a the way a porch light on a Summer evening draws a multitude of insects, your brightness can be very attractive to intrusive spiritual energies and entities. These energies can disrupt your natural life force resulting in a loss of your strength and vitality. As you become weaker you can become more vulnerable to intrusion and in extreme circumstances, these unbeneficial entities can even cause disease.

In this experiential weekend, you will learn how to clear yourself of unwanted energies and also learn forms of “spiritual hygiene” to keep you and your living space clear.

Prerequisite:  Working Knowledge of the Shamanic Journey Process.
 
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NEW! THE FIERCE FACES OF POWER

Just as storms beneficially stir our planet’s atmosphere to create the optimal conditions to sustain life, so too working with wild and powerful spirits are an essential aspect of a shaman’s role in supporting harmony.

Those spirits that we may perceive as “wrathful,” “dark” or “untamed,” are often the best at clearing away stuck energies, supporting a stronger life force, reinforcing intentionality and getting processes moving that may have become stuck.

This experiential workshop will introduce you to ways of working with the wilder side of the spirit world!

Prerequisite:  Working Knowledge of the Shamanic Journey Process.
 
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NEW! SPIRIT WALKING: THE PATH OF RELATIONSHIP

Shamans have always needed to be in harmonious relationships with “others” that inhabit the environment. The shaman’s way of relating includes maintaining inner balance, encouraging the energies of love, developing an attitude of harmonious give-and-take and practicing Reverent Participatory Relationship. These same tools are the keys to creating and nurturing healthy, long-lasting intimate relationships between couples as well as making relationships with friends, family members and even work mates more effective and joyful.
This experiential workshop is rooted in thousands of years of shamanic practices and Evelyn and Allie’s over five decades of combined experience supporting healthy relationships.
Through safe, experiential exercises, presented material and dialog, you will learn:

• The practice of Reverent Participatory Relationship
• Eliminating connection interference
• How to be more emotionally resilient
• How to recognize and get unstuck from patterns
• Learning how partnership can create power
• New tools for communication
• How passion is an aspect of spirituality
• How to use sacred ritual in relationships

Individuals and couples of any sexual orientation are welcome. This workshop is also appropriate for helping professionals who work with couples.

Prerequisite:  Working knowledge of the Shamanic Journey Process. It is recommended that participants read Spirit Walking: A Course in Shamanic Power before the weekend.

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“What I most love, is what you teach aligns with how you live your life. – …in that, there is conscious realism that deeply touches & imprints your students in a most grateful and sustaining way.” -Kathleen M.


MASTERING THE MULTIVERSE

Our ancient ancestors knew that we live in a holographic Multiverse that is filled with endless, remarkable possibilities, and that Time is dynamic, fluid and composed of many parallel streams. The ancestors also knew about a hidden and misunderstood, “inner technology” that allows us to choose the reality we want to follow. Their prophesies foretold a time when some of us would choose to awaken our capabilities as co-creators and use our abilities to shift time streams to a positive future for ourselves and humanity. That time is NOW!
Your unconscious, limiting beliefs that provoke feelings of fear or powerlessness are illusions–misperceptions that can be finally transformed through learning how to use this amazing “inner technology.” A very small number of people using this marvelous wisdom can change the world for the better.
Using references that range from ancient stories to cutting-edge quantum physics–you will learn the hands-on steps to becoming one of the prophesied, co-creators we’ve been waiting for!

Prerequisite: Working knowledge of the Shamanic Journey Process.

What participants are saying about this inspiring program:
“…this is going to knock your socks off!”
“…one of the very best personal growth seminars I have attended.”
“..I left filled with a greater…sense of hope than I’ve experienced in quite a while.”
“…the workshop shifted my perspective in an amazing way….”
“…endless possibilities and infinite…energy has become a reality…”
“…I no longer feel helpless and hopeless.”
“Caution, this is Life Changing Material!”

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“Thank you very much for sharing your teachings and creating a space that encourages connectivity with cosmos and the inner healer inside us all…I feel very inspired to live in a more open-hearted way…” -Laurie B-K., San Francisco


PHURBA: WIELDING THE SHAMAN’S BLADE OF POWER

This experiential workshop we will be exploring the uses of the phurba or kilaya–a magical dagger used all across the mystical Himalayan Mountains. While the phurba is also common to Bon and Buddhist traditions, in the hands of a shaman this implement may be used for healing, grounding, blessing, creating sacred space, holding the center during a ceremony and more.
As a shaman uses a phurba, it becomes an extension of the shaman’s body –holding the powers of all three shamanic realms–while the shaman can experience him or herself as a manifestation of the phurba deity, VajraKilaya, also known as DorjePhurba. During this workshop, you will have opportunities to become the living phurba and to experience group rituals of healing. Join us for a dynamic weekend!
Prerequisite:  Working Knowledge of the Shamanic Journey Process.

Interested in this program?
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ANCESTRAL WISDOM

Connecting with ancestors has been proven to greatly improve intelligence and the ability to solve problems. These skills are key to being successful in ordinary life. Your ancestral connections can help you to feel stronger and more confident! Because they have shed negative perceptions as they rejoined All That Is, they can provide love, guidance and support which is more purely focused than any of your living family.
You have three lines of ancestors: Blood Ancestors, who are your physical lineage — stretching back centuries; Milk Ancestors, who are those people who have nurtured and gentled your line; and Spirit Ancestors, those loving beings, both seen and unseen to whom you feel a powerful connection. This workshop will introduce you to helpful and healing spirits in your lineage, help you to nurture connections with ancestors from each of these three lines and learn how you can access their wisdom and power for creating a more powerful life!

Prerequisite:  Working knowledge of the Shamanic Journey Process.

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“…an interesting, educational and fun workshop….myths and stories are individual cultures’ history of their beginnings, exclamations of the unknown and their being, that our ancestors passed on to the next generation by word of mouth, until someone wrote what they remembered down for new generations to study.” -A.R., New York


THE ROOTS OF POWER: MEETING THE PRIMORDIAL SHAMAN

Shamanic traditions across the globe have preserved stories about a primordial First Shaman. Variously described as a divine being, giant or as a uniquely empowered person, this ancestral shaman is at the very foundation of the way we connect to the world of spirits.  Join us as we explore the source of shamanic experience and reconnect the links in a chain that ties you to the roots of power! As you learn about this being and work with this powerful ancestor, your shamanic experiences will deepen and become more powerful!
This workshop promises to be moving, powerful and dynamic!

Prerequisite:  Working knowledge of the Shamanic Journey Process.

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TUVAN SHAMANISM: THE SHAMAN’S TREE

In this experiential workshop, we will be sharing the teachings of the late, Ai Churek who is remembered as Tuva’s “most powerful female shaman.” You will be making protective ehrens, and learning the Tuvan way to make spirit offerings. You will also participate in consecrating a shaman tree to serve as a public “gratitude offering site” to benefit the work of Maine Audubon and if weather permits, enjoy a traditional shamanic fire ceremony. Join us for an exciting weekend!

Prerequisite:  Working Knowledge of the Shamanic Journey Process.

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“What a fantastic workshop this weekend!!! Wow, it was a particularly rich one…So thank you both so much.” -Student in CT.


LIVING AS A MULTIDIMENSIONAL HUMAN

Now that we have passed through the time gate foretold by our ancestors into the new world, it is time for us to live up to our amazing potential!
We are multidimensional beings who are capable of living life that is unlimited by the old definitions of time, space or previous ideas of the nature of reality. We are divine creator beings just waiting to remember our miraculous abilities.
As 21st century shamanic explorers, we can sail through the holographic Multiverse, visit other dimensions, and experiencing other time streams. Beings in dimensions beyond the Upper, Middle and Lower Worlds are available to help us transcend illusion and step into our cosmic birthright.
As we do this, we are changing the collective consciousness–making even more expansion possible.

Prerequisite:  Working Knowledge of the Shamanic Journey Process.

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DREAMING INTO REALITY

Awaken your remarkable ability as a conscious creator!

In this workshop you will have opportunities to create specific intentions for your dreams, how to move through impediments–releasing fears and disappointments, letting go of outcome to allow spirit to move your dream forward, working with your soul’s Big Dream, creating customized visualizations, creating rituals to engage the assistance of Spirits and how to create simple manifestation talismans.

Prerequisite:  Working knowledge of the Shamanic Journey Process.

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“Calling in my teachers, guides, as I have been taught to do by Allie and Evelyn, makes my days SO much better. My co-workers notice the difference…, even if they don’t know what I do differently….” -Dianna B.


PAST LIVES:  A SHAMANIC APPROACH

Your shamanic ancestors understood that Time is both multidimensional and dynamic with all moments existing in a simultaneous, NOW. As a result, your “past lives” have a direct impact on your current life’s experience. Solutions you have searched for in this life may lie waiting for you in another parallel band of time!  In this workshop, you’ll access your gifts and heal “past life” traumas so that you can feel more strong, confident and successful in your everyday life! (People who took this workshop nearly two decades ago, continue to experience the extraordinary power of their soul’s progress.)

Prerequisite:  Working knowledge of the Shamanic Journey Process.

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SHAMANIC DIVINATION: READING SIGNS FROM SPIRIT

In this fun workshop, you will communicate with the spirits through crystal viewing, fire divination, water visioning, throwing the bones, and other techniques.  Looking into the world of spirit for guidance and insight was a shaman’s skill long before the creation of tarot cards or runes!  Find the answers you seek for yourself and others!

Prerequisite:  Working knowledge of the Shamanic Journey Process.

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THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT!

Are you “haunted” by the feeling that someone or something is trying to get your attention? In this experiential workshop, you will learn how to determine a spirit’s intention, how to work with resident land spirits, how to negotiate with “troublesome” spirits, and how to assist those spirits of the dead that linger here in our world.  You will also be introduced to classic psychopomp techniques for assisting dying persons and guiding lost souls.  This workshop is highly recommended to everyone.

Prerequisite:  Working knowledge of the Shamanic Journey Process.

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“Thank you both for all the training and support…Having the ability to just create ritual that is meaningful on the spot is so deeply important to me that I’m not sure I could ever convey it in words.” -Joanna L.


SIBERIAN SHAMANISM: SPIRITS OF THE TAIGA AND TUNDRA

This magical, experiential workshop will introduce you to the visionary, shamanic traditions of the Ulchi people of Southern Siberia. You will learn the ancient methods of guidance, insight and healing we learned from Grandfather Misha Duvan, last male shaman of the Ulchi. You will also learn about spiritual rituals of the Yakut, Evenk and Sami. These people’s rituals and beliefs provide glimpses of the widespread shamanic practices of our Paleolithic ancestors. A traditional Ulchi Bear Trance Dance ritual will be included in this workshop. (Bears have been honored in cultures across the entire north polar region as profound healers, dreamers and protective spirits. See below for a workshop focused completely on bears spirits.) As a part of this program, you will also learn to work with Spirit Houses as places to bring the power of ancestors and teachers into this reality.

Prerequisite: Working Knowledge of the Shamanic Journey Process. In addition, early registration is suggested so that participants may make preparations of materials which will be used in the workshop.

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CELEBRATING BEAR

Come celebrate the Spirit of Bear!  The earliest painted cave in Europe — Chauvet — contained a powerful altar dedicated to the cave bear.  Bears have been honored in cultures across the entire north polar region as profound healers, dreamers and protective spirits.  A traditional Ulchi Bear hunt and Trance Dance ritual will be included in this workshop. Bears have been honored in cultures across the entire north polar region as profound healers, dreamers and protective spirits. Through stories, journeying, dance and other rituals, you will bring the power of Bear into your own life. This workshop is open to anyone who wants to enter into a relationship with the Spirit of Bear. And if you already work with Bear, this is a workshop not to be missed!

Prerequisite:  Working knowledge of the Shamanic Journey Process.

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POWER OF THE FUTURE:  TAPPING THE WISDOM OF THE DESCENDANTS

You are a Milk and Spirit ancestor to an entire line of Descendants!  If you have children, you are also an ancestor to a line of Blood Descendants. While you may be used to the idea of tapping the wisdom of the Ancestors, your Descendants can offer you remarkable possibilities for a future you can not begin to imagine! In this workshop, you will explore how you can be in partnership with them and together ensure a promising tomorrow for you and the Earth. Future people know ways of healing that make our most advanced medical treatments and technological advances seem primitive and even barbaric!  They have the keys to help us to get back on track to create a beautiful and green planet.

Prerequisite:  Working knowledge of the Shamanic Journey Process.

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Fig. 12.2 Útiseta with birch copy SPIRIT PASSAGES
NORTHERN EUROPEAN SHAMANISM  WORKSHOPS


NEW! NORTHERN EUROPEAN SHAMANISM RESIDENTIAL INTENSIVE RETREAT

This residential weekend will provide opportunities to delve much deeper into the shamanic mysteries of Northern Europe. Participants will follow the roots of Yggdrasil to the home of the beloved ancestors, perform seiðr on a much deeper level, learn their personal varðlok and other sacred songs, perform ritual offerings or blót, as well as have an opportunity to perform the völva’s ritual of “sitting out” or útiseta for the purposes of attaining ancestral and nature wisdom. This night-long Northern European wilderness quest would be performed on the safe and sacred land in Maine that is the site of our long-term training programs.

Prerequisite:  Working knowledge of the Shamanic Journey Process.

Interested in this program?
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ROOTS OF NORTHERN EUROPEAN SHAMANISM (ORACLES, RUNES AND RITUALS)

The shamanic traditions of Northern Europe preserve an Earth-based spirituality that honors the magical powers of the feminine and the masculine while offering many wonderful gifts to support us in these times.  In this experiential workshop, we will encounter the Old Goddesses and Gods, learn about the Northern European realms of spirit, create a set of runes, perform rune casting, experience song-supported journeys —varðlokur (VARTH-lokr) — and share in powerful group rituals.  Enacting the ancient oracular ceremony known as seiðr, (SAYTH-r) we will follow the roots of the World Tree, Yggdrasil in search of prophetic wisdom. This is the introductory workshop in Northern European Shamanism that introduces you to the nine realms and the spirits who dwell in them.

Prerequisite: Working knowledge of the Shamanic Journey Process. In addition, early registration is suggested so that participants may make preparations of materials which will be used in the workshop.

Interested in this program?
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“I was part of the [Oracles, Runes and Rituals workshop] this past weekend… 🙂 Thanks again for this wonderful time we all had together.” -Luc M., Vieux-Longueuil, Canada


NEW SHOOTS FROM THE WORLD TREE

In this workshop, you will learn how you can become one of the new, more powerful  human beings envisioned by your ancestors.  Northern mythic stories preserved the most intact version of this information.  Utilizing what was foretold, you can become one who can dream a new dream for yourself and of the planet.
In the Northern European myths, the new human beings are the couple, “Life” —Lif,  and “Eagerness for Life” — Lifthrasir.  They survive the time of Great Change by following in shaman’s footsteps and entering the World Tree, Yggdrasil.  There, they are made ready to emerge and begin the new world.
For many years and across many traditions, spiritual texts have suggested that our current time period will bring humankind the possibility of Great Change — a Time of Opportunity.  In the spiritual traditions of Europe’s Norse/Germanic tribes, these times were defined as Ragnarok — a time to totally transform what has been know before to make way for a new birth cycle.  In going through the mythic crisis, new human beings and new ideas about what/who is considered sacred will emerge. In this workshop you will learn how you can become New Life and Eagerness for Life — the New Shoots of The World Tree!

Prerequisite: Working knowledge of the Shamanic Journey Process. (Having attended The Roots of Northern European Shamanism workshop is preferred but not required).

Interested in this program?
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GIANTS: CREATING FROM THE VOID

Giants are featured in many of the world’s creation myths. The stories say that the Earth herself was created from The Void by these awesome, primordial beings.  From the Greeks, to the Celts, to the Norse/Germanic peoples — our ancestors told stories of these fierce spirits that are able to create matter and manifest the physical world out of Chaos.  These ancient beings are even mentioned in the Old Testament: “…there were giants in the earth in those days….”
For many cultures, the giants are considered to be the progenitors of human beings — in other words, our most ancient spiritual ancestors. In this workshop, you’ll explore connections with the Giants for the purpose of entering into a powerful and creative relationship.  Joining forces with them, you can manifest a happier, healthier, and more abundant life!

Prerequisite: Working knowledge of the  Shamanic Journey Process. (Having attended The Roots of Northern European Shamanism workshop is preferred but not required).

Interested in this program?
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NEW! CLEARING ANCESTRAL BURDENS

The traumas and burdens that our ancestors experienced are often passed down to us where they may operate subconsciously to limit our lives.

In this one-day experiential workshop, you will identify and clear the emotional and spiritual burdens that diminish your power and interfere with your ability to manifest a rich life. Working with the spirits and methods that are usually accessed for the Wild Hunt, you will clear not only your being but heal the patterns in your ancestral lines. If you have ritual garb, a staff, or special sacred objects, please bring them to this powerful weekend!

Prerequisite: Working knowledge of the  Shamanic Journey Process. (Having attended The Roots of Northern European Shamanism workshop is preferred but not required).

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SPIRIT PASSAGES ONE-DAY WORKSHOPS


SPIRITUAL SUSTAINABILITY

A strong shamanic spiritual practice can uplift your life–especially during these difficult and changing times–but sometimes it’s hard to remain connected and firmly on your path. If you want to keep your forward momentum, sustain connection, focus on the positive and stay “on track” then this workshop is right for you! Join us for a day of exploring the ways you can keep your inner fire burning brightly and really BE the spirit-centered person you desire to become!

Prerequisite: Working knowledge of the  Shamanic Journey Process.

Interested in this program?
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ENHANCING YOUR LIFE FORCE

Learn how to not get “slimed” in negative situations! In this experiential workshop, you will explore your personal energy system and your energetic connections to the rest of creation.  You learn to clear your energy body, remove blocks, fill your “Energy Well,” and deal with energy draining people and situations.  You will learn how you can more fully embody your Divine energy.

Prerequisite: Working knowledge of the  Shamanic Journey Process.

Interested in this program?
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MEDICINE FOR THE EARTH – TRANSMUTING PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL TOXINS

Learn how you can actually neutralize toxins inside of yourself and in your world! Drawing on the work of Sandra Ingerman, and others, you will learn the art of transforming your way of being in the world and in so doing becoming a conscious co-creator — living your full, miraculous potential! You will have opportunities to work both individually and collectively to create real measurable change in your environment.

Prerequisite: Working knowledge of the Shamanic Journey Process.

Interested in this program?
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CREATING YOUR OWN CEREMONY OF GRATITUDE

Feeling gratitude produces the most powerful vibrations to support manifestation. In this workshop, you will learn a way to make your gratitude more tangible! A despacho is an experiential ceremony of gratitude used by the people of the high Andes of Peru.  It is a beautiful and sometimes elaborate offering that may either be burned or buried.  These offerings are done to celebrate achievements, petition the spirits for help, to manifest something in one’s life and to stay in the state of ayni,  the state of sacred reciprocity, with our beautiful Earth — Pachamamma.
During this workshop, you will learn how to make your own despacho and learn how to tailor one for any special occasion.  You’ll also use flowers, candy, perfume, beans, and other simple objects, to create a despacho filled with our collective prayers of gratitude.  Participants will have an opportunity to make personal prayers as well as receive a healing from a finished despacho.

No previous experience is necessary.

Interested in this program?
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WORKING WITH THE MIDDLE WORLD NATURE SPIRITS

You can learn how to work with the incredible powers of the elements. Fire, Earth, Air and Water are profound Teachers of Manifestation. Through them, everything and every being on the earth is made physical. Working with them can support you on your path of dreaming a new way of being into reality. In this workshop, you will also work with the Old Ones — ancient, Earth spirits who enliven and protect the land. People have called them by many different names — fairies, devas, elves, green men — but these spirits have existed far longer than humans and our definitions. Since these spirits and forces are so integral to manifestation on this plane, you will learn how you can enter into and develop relationships with them. A fire ceremony will be a part of this workshop.

Prerequisite: Working knowledge of the Shamanic Journey Process.

Interested in this program?
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SPIRIT PASSAGES SHORTER PROGRAMS
Opportunities to experience shamanic wisdom, ceremony or celebration–most have no prerequisite!


AN EVENING WITH GRANDMA

Spend an evening in the presence of a warm and loving spirit!  Everyone who has experienced this wonderful spirit’s wisdom can attest, these channeled exchanges are extraordinary!  There is something about how Grandma speaks … how she chooses her words…that makes us feel at ease.  She teaches with a gentle humor and reaches those places in our hearts that can give us deep peace.  Bring an open mind, your questions, a notebook and join us for a delightful experience!

No prerequisite.
Note: The Audio & Video section of this site offers links to previously recorded Grandma messages!


Peruvian Whistling Vessel

PERUVIAN WHISTLING VESSELS CEREMONY

The Peruvian Whistling Vessels are powerful shamanic instruments that are used to assist you to moving beyond this reality.  The extraordinary vibrations produced by the pottery vessels encourage an expanded state of consciousness offering a slightly different approach to the shamanic journey and the sounds of the vessels themselves have profound healing properties. In the curanderisimo tradition of the Peruvian North Coast, the Whistling Vessels or huaco silbadors are used by the curanderos and curanderas to call in the spirits for protection and/or healing.
Individually they seem quite shrill, however, when played in a group they produce complex harmonics and vibrations that seem to occur both inside as well as outside of your body.  These internally experienced sounds are what is most remarked upon by participants.  Some say that they continue to hear the vibrations in their minds and bodies for several days after the initial experience.
Shamanic journeys may be taken while the vessels are producing sounds and may also be embarked upon in the sacred silence that follows the vessels’ work.

No prerequisite, however a working knowledge of the Shamanic Journey Process is beneficial.


AYNI DESPACHO: A CEREMONY OF GRATITUDE!

This participatory, Andean ceremony is a way to thank the Earth — Pachamamma — for her many blessings and make prayers to her for what is yet to come!
Ayni is the state of reciprocity — in other worlds– giving to Pachamamma in order to create balance for all that you are given.  The despacho ceremony is a beautiful, elaborate and communal way of creating this offering.

Please bring: three red carnations and two white carnations, paper confetti and some candy.  Also bring a rattle and/or drum if you have one.  Scent sensitive individuals please take note: a perfume made from rum, orange, clove and lavender is used as a part of this ceremony.

No prerequisite.


SPIRIT PASSAGES CRAFT PROGRAMSEvie's Siberian Drum SilhouetteSMALLER copy
Creating your own sacred objects is powerful and fun!
No previous craft experience is required.


SPIRIT FIGURES: GIVING A HOME TO POWER

Want to bring the vital force of spirit closer to you?  When you give spiritual energies and harmonious vibrations a physical way to exist in this reality, they become more tangible. Once manifested in this manner, they can support your daily life and augment your shamanic power.
Whether it provides a receptacle for an energy you want to bring into your life, honors a healing spirit or offers protection–these shamanic figures offers a way to step more fully into relationship with the intangible. They become embodied touchstones that connect you to invisible sources of strength and potency.
Guest instructor, Trudy Sloan will be facilitating this workshop along with with Evelyn and Allie. Working with parts Trudy has prepared for you in advance, you will assemble, decorate, empower and work with your own spirit figure.

No previous craft experience is necessary!

Interested in this program?
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FRAME DRUM MAKING

In this workshop you will have the opportunity to create your own rawhide frame drum.  Please note.  Early registration is required so that all the necessary materials will be available for your drum.

No previous craft experience is necessary!


RAWHIDE RATTLE MAKING

In this workshop you will have the opportunity to create your own rawhide rattle. A list of materials you need for this class will be sent upon registration.

No previous craft experience is necessary!


FAERIE FACES!  MAKING NATURE SPIRIT  MASKS

In the playful workshop, you will create a fabulous mask of a transcendent nature being such as the Greenman!  These masks are easy to make, very comfortable to wear and are just the thing to don at outdoor festivals, dances, ecological events, for a solstice celebration or just to lovingly honor your interconnectedness with the nature spirits and faerie realms!  A list of materials you need for this class will be sent upon registration.

No previous craft experience is necessary!


DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT SPIRIT PASSAGES INITIATORY TRAINING PROGRAMS, TOO!